Kerala Locals Put Under Quarantine To Analyse Symptoms Of Nipah Virus


Earlier on Saturday, anxious moments were witnessed when it was wrongly reported that a 38-year-old woman had died in Kannur district due to the Nipah virus.

Thiruvananthapuram: Sri Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms, has welcomed Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr Ravi Wankadekar's statement that Kerala has nothing to worry about the Nipah virus scare and that the state is absolutely safe from the virus.

As a precautionary measure, several staffers, including nurses and four doctors, of the Balussery taluk hospital were asked on June 1 to go on leave.

The cause of her death has to be ascertained, she said.

Kozhikode: In the wake of the Nipah Virus outbreak in parts of Kerala, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in Kozhikode will remain shut till June 12.

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The state government has postponed all meetings scheduled to be held in the two districts this month till further notice.

The advisory states that Bhutanese students particularly in India should take necessary precautionary measures such as avoiding contact with infected people, eating stale food, eating meat especially pork and fruits. Among the patients hospitalised, two patients were tested positive, while six more people were reportedly admitted to Kozhikode hospital with the symptoms.

Moreover, massive arrangements have been made at the state-run Kozhikode Medical College and Hospital to observe suspected Nipah cases and 80 rooms have been earmarked for them. The number of suspected cases is 11. Meanwhile, Health Minister K K Shylaja has said that an all- party meeting would be convened on June 4 to review the situation.

The team concerned at the MoPH will receive related reports round-the-clock on its hotlines: 66740948 and 66740951.

The Delhi government on Friday, issued an advisory asking people to be cautious, and said that no human infection from the deadly virus has been reported in the national capital. The state animal husbandry department captured the bats from a well at the compound of the house of the victims but the authorities found no virus in them, meaning the source of the Nipah virus came from somewhere else.